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Age at work at Christmas: a mini round-up of seasonal news stories

by on December 17, 2015

We usually try to find a seasonal but (vaguely) relevant age at work story for our last post before the Christmas / New Year holidays.

There are a few contenders this year. We kick off with this article in The Telegraph offering a (tongue in cheek) guide to Christmas parties for “those of a certain age” which, as ever, means “older”. Whilst not specifically about office Christmas parties, the light-hearted guidance is presumably meant to apply in a work or social context.

On a more serious note, this item in The Guardian asks why people choose to work at Christmas and highlights the contibutions made by those of all ages who work as carers to young adults and older people. It describes the particular vulnerabilities of young adults who are care leavers (i.e. have been brought up in care and now fend for themselves) and older people susceptible to loneliness and emotional hardship over the festive period.

And finally, this piece in The Independent reports on age differences in terms of which employees chose to work over the Christmas period. Turns out that younger workers and women (across age groups) are most likely to work a shift on Christmas Day. Almost 80% of 18 to 24 year olds work over the festive period, more than any other age group.

Well, whatever your age, we hope that you have time to relax over the holidays. We are taking a blog break (for some much needed relaxation ourselves) and will be back in the New Year on 11th January 2016. And we haven’t forgotten that we’ve had no response from @Tate to our query about why the Turner Prize has an age limit…

Until then, wishing all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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